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    Brushes and pole skimmer head

    The ones that came with the house are in rough shape, the bristles fall out of the brush every time I clean the walls!

    I also want a hand brush to clean the edges, and stairs.

    What do you recommend?
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    Re: Brushes and pole skimmer head

    I really like the Wall Whale for a pole brush.

    For a hand brush, look in the mop and broom aisle at the grocery store. Any scrub brush that's comfortable will work, as long as it is all plastic. Trust me, using a short pole brush by hand is uncomfortable.
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    Re: Brushes and pole skimmer head

    Wall Whale brush for sure. I also have a small wire brush for my pole.
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    Re: Brushes and pole skimmer head

    Quote Originally Posted by wjr75 View Post
    Wall Whale brush for sure. I also have a small wire brush for my pole.
    Did you note that the OP has a vinyl pool? If he takes a wire brush to that........................................................ ..........................................................ho w many patches will he need?
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    Re: Brushes and pole skimmer head

    no I didn't see that. nix the wire brush...it's Friday and miller time
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    Re: Brushes and pole skimmer head

    We have a Sweepease Aquadynamic brush here at our condo. Works pretty well, and certainly much better than the one we replaced.

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    Re: Brushes and pole skimmer head

    I thought the wire brush recomendation was for the stairs and ladder, lol!
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    Re: Brushes and pole skimmer head

    Should I get the Wall Whale XL or the Classic?
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    Re: Brushes and pole skimmer head

    I read from reviews on amazon that the XL made it to hard to push. I went with the classic which works nice for me.
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    Re: Brushes and pole skimmer head

    Wall Whale came in today, thanks everyone! Great tool.


    Skimmer heads..... I want one that is just flat meaning no bag style. Also something with rubber edges that won't cause issues with the vinyl liner. Any suggestions?
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    Re: Brushes and pole skimmer head

    I'm gearing up to take over the maintenance of my pool this month, and I'm looking at brushes. Having read the reviews and posts above for the Wall Whale, Wall Whale XL, and SweepEase, does anyone have any further reasoning for one over the other? I'm leaning towards the SweepEase as it seems to be well built and possibly easier to push along the bottom.

    First time post, so please have mercy. I'm happy to start a new thread if appropriate.


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    Re: Brushes and pole skimmer head

    Following up on my previous post, I'm happy to report that I purchased a SweepEase brush and am delighted with it. It's a bit smaller than I expected, but the force delivered while brushing is great. I'm actually thankful for the size given the ease at which I can clean the steps in my pool and the benches in the spa. Very nimble indeed!


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    Re: Brushes and pole skimmer head

    These pool brushes have brushes that will always become brittle and end up on the pool surface. Its the combination of chlorine and UV that breaks them down. The same happens for vacuum heads. Some stores will actually sell replacement brushes for vacuum heads that cost $1.99. No need to throw out the actual vacuum head.

    Me, I buy the cheapest brush I can an toss at end of season.

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    Re: Brushes and pole skimmer head

    I guess I'll have to learn the hard way. I had an XL wall whale for about 3 weeks and the fin cracked. Amazon gave me a refund but let me keep it, and I ordered a sweep ease to try.. which isn't quite as good, but will probably last longer without breaking.
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